The Coupeville High School soccer team warmed up for the regular season with two ties in a pair of exhibition matches at the jamboree at Mickey Clark Field Saturday, March 9.
The Wolves tied South Whidbey 1-1 and Lake Stevens 0-0 in the 20-minute mini-games.
Coupeville coach Paul Mendes said, “It was a good day for us, playing against two quality teams. The experience served to give us an idea of our current level.”
Against South Whidbey, the Falcons scored first. Six minutes into the game a through ball gave South Whidbey a one-on-one chance and the Falcons scored.
Mendes said, “We did not get too rattled and fought back with a goal of our own with five minutes left. A throw in play from Josh Wilsey set up Jeremy Copenhaver, who found himself wide open in their goal mouth. Jeremy calmly settled the pass on his first touch, picked a corner and put it in their net for our first goal of the 2013 season.”
Against Lake Stevens, Mendes said the Wolves’ defense was challenged again and “held up well.”
The jamboree gave several Coupeville players their first taste of varsity soccer, and Mendes noted that it was evident that the returning players “stepped up their game from last year.”
He said, “Luke Pelant and Josh Wilsey lead our defense, which was tested numerous times. Our midfield leaders, Nathan Lamb and Sean Donley, linked up well with forward Jeremy Copenhaver to create scoring opportunities. Kole Kellison was our goal keeper for both games, and also held up well in our first test.”
Coupeville ferries to Friday Harbor for a 4:30 p.m. match Tuesday, March 12.